Today is the 3rd day of the revolution.
I know it’s only 3 days, but it’s a long 3 days for the folks who have promised themselves big changes this year. I hope everyone has managed to stick to their resolutions and revolutions. It’s a long road for many of us, but a worthy journey.
While I was working today I was reflecting on my accountability for these changes I have decided to undertake – and I realised it’s just me. If I slip up, no-one knows. If I falter there is no penalty besides the lack of self-improvement. There should be more. There has to be more.
I’m hard on myself afterwards, but during the regretful act of self-betrayal I am a softie for any little excuse that comes along. It doesn’t need to be a big one. It doesn’t need to be a good one. It just needs to exist. I have, in the past, been lazy in a very self-destructive manner. But knowing the problem is half the cure. And with this particular ailment I think that accountability will be most of the other half.
So I offer myself to you dear reader. I will be held accountable to you, and by you. If I slip, you will have your opportunity to swoop on me like vultures and dine upon the remains of my unfulfilled goals.
There were 3 major criteria to my New Years Revolution and from that there will also be 3 things for me to score or fail on. The scoring for this will be based on 1 point for each criterion each day. Thus the maximum weekly score would be 21. No-one’s perfect… Promises are made to be broken… Has anyone got any other clichés for justifying failure? Due to the way the world is – with all the imperfection and broken promises getting around – I will set a weekly minimum of 16 points. 15 or less, you win. 16 or better, I win.
Here is a recap of how I will score my points.
1. Ride my bike everyday. For a day to count as a “ride” day, I must be active in the saddle for a minimum of 60 minutes. Riding for 55 minutes and leaving the computer running while I take off my shoes will be considered a zero point day.
2. No junk food and soft drink. There is a health supply of Caffeine Free Pepsi Light™ in the house. That is my only concession to this rule. If it is junk food or soft drink and it has calories attached, then that is a zero point day.
3. No night snacks. When the table is cleared after dinner and dessert. That is the last food of the day. Anything other than cereal tomorrow morning will be cause for a zero point day.
3 criterion times 7 days equals 21 points available each week. Each Sunday, along with my entry for the day, I will include my weekly score. If I win, nothing more need be said. If I lose, I will offer some way of deciding who of the commenters will win. And how. But not what.
Why not what? Because I’m about to tell you what. Do you remember the thus-far unvisited title of today’s entry? Who wants a blog slave? That’s what. You (whoever “you” is) will get to chose one of the following options:
You supply me 3 Blog Titles that I must use within 7 days. These must allow enough scope for me to maintain my G/teetering on PG rating.
I must furnish you with unparalleled, positive praise in the comments of each of your blog entries for 7 days. Please remember that I have a life, so no more than 2 entries per day will be commented on.
Just so you know, with the competition week running Sunday to Saturday, here is the running tally for this week: Sunday was a perfect 3, Monday was a perfect 3, Tuesday is 16 hours old and is as perfect as it can be.